Second third snow day of the week! This has got to be one of the greatest perks to being a teacher, trumped only by summers off. Weds I decided to go running in the slush right at 2pm when the snow was supposed to start coming down in earnest. I’d just lost faith in the weatherman… but around 2:30 it started to pelt little white bb’s of snow at me, so I cut my run short. But that’s nothing compared to the traffic Weds night. My dad’s 23 mile commute from DC to Reston took almost 8 hours! Yesterday I went snowshoeing with Buddy and my mom & her dog Darby. Buddy is adorable bounding like a bunny in the snow.
I think I could get used to a two-day work week. I may have only done 3 things on my 38 item to-do list, but I’ve toured beautiful homes on Apartment Therapy, looked for vacuums on Craigs List, baked oatmeal whole wheat beer bread, read about the !Kung Bushmen (they’re my new heros!) made a huge batch of veggie chili (still need to make the Jalepno Pepper Jack scones) and watched The Blind Side, a film that could seem a bit OTT except that it features the true story of Michael Oher.
Well, Snowmaggedon didn’t beat Knickerbocker storm-for-storm, but the combined snowfall for the DC area of this 2009-2010 winter has broken the previous record set way back in 1898-1899! Yes, that’s right, we’ve gotten 54.9 inches of snow this winter. For more talk of the DC area weather check out the Capital Weather Gang Blog.
The area has been filled with happy students who got more than a week off school (although by now I’m sure they’re just restless – I sure am!). I’ve given up my gelaterista job to pursue teaching more, so I’ve had a week off work too. The bad thing is as a substitute, no work means no pay. But I can’t complain seeing as we have a warm, dry place to live. Dan’s just begun his job at a local homeless shelter that has been packed to the brim with those who aren’t nearly as fortunate.
And, hopefully, we’ve now seen the last of this season’s wintry mix!
Saturday it snowed! I even got the day off work 🙂 The snow was gorgeous and that evening we went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Ok, so the concert we went to wasn’t quite as good as the Winchester Cathedral Choir, but it was still lovely!